The City government should do less, tax less, and spend less.
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My home value was reassessed upwards of $100,000. Plus I will have to incur the added expense of the road improvement project in front of my home which I could not pay outright ($7,000) so it will be added on to my property taxes as well ($619/yr). My property tax bill is estimated to rise from $3,894.798 to $5,191.36, PLUS the extra $619 for the road project, for a whopping total of $5,810.36 per year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I live in the Lake Edina/Cornelia neighborhood, not in Indian Hills. I feel that an increase such as this will do nothing but drive residents to sell (many have baled out of this neighborhood already) and also will discourage potential buyers from purchasing in Edina. If people really don't mind paying that much in property taxes they would be smarter to go to Lake Minnetonka, Orono, etc., where they would actually have a gorgeous house to warrant the monstrous property taxes!!! I have written a letter to Edina City Council to express my anger and dismay. I asked who suddenly decided to reassess the values so much higher and why. It seems there is NO end to new construction and resultant tax income, not to mention the scores of businesses up and down France Avenue alone! Shouldn’t all that revenue be stabilizing/reducing property taxes? I requested a breakdown of how our taxes are being spent in Edina. Also, have they jacked up the business taxes as well, or maybe they're issuing them reductions while sticking it to the residents. Edina is the only city in the metropolitan area that I know of where the residents have to foot the entire bill for improvements such as road construction themselves. I have lived in Edina for 37 years. It USED to be a very well managed city where tax dollars were spent RESPONSIBLY! Now it seems there is no end to money grabbing and endless unneccesary/unwanted expenditures. I plan to go to the 12/2/14 meeting at Edina City Council Chambers at 7:00 a.m., 4801 West 50th Street, Edina. I'm hoping that a large number of disgruntled residents will show up to express their disapproval.
I noticed someone added a nice memorial on a bench on the south side of the park. It's something that brings a deeper human touch to the park and celebrates those who helped this city become what it is today.
With the demand of faster internet speeds ever increasing, it would be beneficial for Edina to facilitate the built-out of fiber-optic cables to residential properties by either allowing access to the overhead poles or underground conduit to an ISP - such as US Internet (http://fiber.usinternet.com) who has fiber deployed to residential properties on the south-east corner of 50th and France and other locations around southern Minneapolis.
Bring a Patisserie 46 style bakery/coffee shop to Wooddale and Valley View Edina - quality food for the neighborhood: http://patisserie46.com/ That strip mall is almost all empty and could use use a good quality restaurant/coffee shop in neighborhood. Patisserie 46 is always packed on the weekends and brings a lot to the Neighborhood. How would one work with the manager of that strip mall to make that happen?
Preserve a dog park on north east corner of Weber Park if land is sold by Minneapolis. Or even better keep it as is, a truly unique "lost urban woods", however being fenced and requiring a permit.
I live a mile from 62 and we hear planes all evening long every evening (to the point where you have to stop your conversation and wait until it passes). Last year it was not really noticeable but this year it's terrible. Can we work on spreading the planes out to be more fair?
The Concord / St. Johns Park neighborhood would really love to see St. Johns Park utilized a little better. Small neighborhood parks add so much and get people in the neighborhood together. Most talked about for St. Johns Park, however, is the wish for a simple ice rink in the winter. The park and rec park "amenities" grid actually shows that St. Johns Park DOES have an ice rink, but alas, it does not. :-( It would be so loved by our neighborhood!
Soooooo much building-- BIG houses, lots for 2 houses being divided for 3 new builds, all of the apartment/condo builds by Southdale Mall-- in SD mall parking lot--there are 3!!, Byerly's by SD mall has condos going in, and the proposed Borofsky's Furniture site by McD's by the SD mall to have 242 apartments and also retail stores.
TOO MUCH BUILDING. Traffic is already lots worse than it had been. Tried shooping in that area? Long waits for parking spots.
Add work being done: $12K per household to build a new road in front of your house? $12,000. Wow, $1M (million) new parks?
Did you know realtors encourage sellers to sell non-MLS so developers and custom-build clients learn about properties for sale ahead of the average buyer. Apparently the average person who wants a nice house, a safe neighborhood and safe schools is no longer wanted or welcome in Edina.
As a 34 year condo owner, I hope that Edina remains a city of residential culture. By this I mean that residents are the central focus of the city. While rental units may be important, the residents should be long term people with younger people in the families with education being highly important and returning to Edina after college. Bikes, walking and public transportation will be important.